Typewriter joy

Created on Friday, March 13, 2009.
Filed under , , .

For a while now I’ve had to clear desk space for a typewriter since there are fewer distractions on a typewriter, but I found this typewriter emulator called Blockwriter that does much the same thing. It is basically a text editor with most of its functionality stripped away, and it works great if you are the type who keeps fiddling with fonts and colours, or who keeps rewriting sentences instead of getting on with it.

I am looking into making a web-based typewriter emulator for people who’d like something that can work cross-platform and anywhere there’s internet access (or heck, I’ll offer the source code for download so you can run it from your hard drive or a USB stick), but it won’t be as featured as Blockwriter, and it’s just an idea for now.

I’ve made an online and downloadable typewriter emulator! It’s called SimTypewriter. I took the design straight from One-Sentence Stories (below) and put a text box where the paper is. Features are just like Blockwriter above: can’t delete anything or change anything. It requires no installation and has been tested on both Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Also, I just launched a new writing project called One-Sentence Stories. It is exactly what you think: very short stories one sentence long. I find it easier to write something I am pleased with when I assign myself some sort of constraint, and while the ‘one full stop’ limit makes for some terribly run-in sentences, it makes the rhythm of the work all the more important and gives it urgency and life. It takes me back to the way I used to write many years ago when I was inspired by the work of Jack Kerouac, Lord of The Comma:

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’”
That's all there is, there isn't any more.
© Desi Quintans, 2002 – 2018.